July 18, 2016

Mona Hanna Attisha, M.D. Res. '06 - Crain's names physicians 'Health Care Heroes'

Two physicians who honed their medical skills at the Wayne State University School of Medicine were named Health Care Heroes by Crain's Detroit Business this week.

Mona Hanna Attisha, M.D. Res. '06, and Carmen McIntyre, M.D. '90, are two of the five winners of the 15th annual awards honoring metropolitan Detroit health care professionals in five categories.

The Crain's nod in its "Physician" category is the latest honor for Dr. Hanna Attisha, a pediatrician and former faculty member at the School of Medicine who, in 2015, discovered the elevated lead levels in the blood of children living in the city of Flint. She was also named to Time's 100 Most Influential People list in April and received the 2016 Michigan Education Association's Distinguished Service Award, the organization's highest honor, in May. Crain's Detroit Business named her to its 100 Most Influential Women list last month.

She completed her WSU residency at the Detroit Medical Center's Children's Hospital of Michigan, serving as chief resident in 2006, and was an attending physician with the Department of Pediatrics' Division of Ambulatory Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine before joining Flint's Hurley Medical Center in 2011. She now directs the center's pediatric residency program and the Michigan State University/Hurley Pediatric Public Health Plan Initiative.

Dr. McIntyre, a Class of 1990 graduate and chief medical officer of the Detroit Wayne Mental Health Authority with a clinical background in Psychiatry, won the "Advancements in Health Care" category for her creation of two programs. One, the Mental Health First Aid Training program, trains first responders in on-the-spot mental health evaluations. Since its inception two years ago, more than 10,000 first-responders, teachers and clergy can recognize and assist people who may be in a mental health crisis situation.

Her other program trains first-responders how to use the drug Naloxone for people suffering from opioid overdoses. Naloxone is a heroin antidote that stops overdoses. At least 50 people have been saved by first-responders in southeast Michigan since the program launched last fall, according to news reports.